Why Stillness Is the Key for Succeeding as an Osteopath

Explore the practical wisdom of Ryan Holiday's "Stillness Is The Key" for finding inner peace and success as an osteopath.
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Navigating the chaos of the osteopathic profession

In the fast-paced world of osteopathy, where divisions seems to be everywhere right now, finding inner peace and contentment can be a challenge. However, Ryan Holiday’s book, “Stillness Is The Key,” offers valuable insights and practical strategies to help osteopaths achieve a sense of stillness amidst the chaos.

Drawing inspiration from historical figures and philosophical teachings, this book presents a holistic approach to cultivating stillness in the mind, body and spirit.

Now, while some of this may seem obvious to osteopaths, it’s important for us to be reminded of how effective the simple things can be and that we often forget to stick to the basics.

With that in mind, let’s explore the core lessons and discover how embracing stillness can enhance your journey as an osteopath.

Impactful quote

“The goal is not to eliminate negative emotions altogether but rather to learn how to separate ourselves from them.”

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Master your mind

When the manual therapy community in general is loud and full of opinions, it’s essential to master your mind to achieve a greater sense of inner peace and contentment. By quieting your thoughts and cultivating focus and clarity, you can navigate through the challenges with a calm and centred approach.

Here’s how:

Practice mindfulness

Especially useful when you work with a challenging patient, engage in weekly meditation or mindfulness exercises to bring your attention to the present moment. This allows you to observe your thoughts without judgment, promoting mental clarity and reducing stress.

Journaling for reflection

Take time to reflect on your practice and patients. Journaling can help you gain insights, process emotions and foster self-awareness. It’s a powerful tool to declutter the mind and find stillness within.

Embrace silence

Carve out moments of silence in your day. Whether it’s through dedicated quiet time or simply embracing silence during routine tasks, such as commuting or taking breaks between patients, you allow your mind to recharge and find peace in the midst of your busy schedule.

Impactful quote

“We live in a world where joy and empathy and pleasure are all around us, there for the noticing, but they are overshadowed by the drama of the negative, which has its own loud, insistent voice.”

Cultivate your spirit

Nurturing your spiritual well-being can have a profound impact on finding stillness and meaning in your osteopathic practice.

Here’s how you can cultivate your spirit:

Engage in meaningful rituals

Incorporate rituals that align with your values and beliefs. This could include prayer, moments of gratitude or setting intentions for the day ahead. Such rituals provide a sense of purpose and help you connect with something greater than yourself.

Be in nature

Spend time in nature to recharge your spirit. Whether it’s a walk in a local park taking the time to notice the sunrise, nature has a way of calming the mind and reminding us of how good life can be.

Foster compassion and empathy

Embrace the power of empathy and compassion in your interactions with patients and colleagues. By understanding and connecting with others on a deeper level, you not only enhance their well-being but also cultivate a sense of stillness and fulfilment within yourself.

Putting your body first

Prioritise self-care and make conscious efforts to take care of your physical well-being:

Regular exercise

Incorporate exercise into your daily routine. Engaging in physical activity not only improves your overall fitness but also releases endorphins, which contribute to a sense of well-being and calmness. Find activities that you enjoy and make them a regular part of your schedule.

Eat good food

Fuel your body with wholesome, nourishing foods. Proper nutrition provides the energy and vitality needed to face the demands of your practice with strength and clarity. Choose whole foods, drink enough water and be mindful of the connection between your diet and your overall well-being.

Embrace rest and recovery

Allow yourself adequate time for rest and rejuvenation. Quality sleep is essential for both physical and mental health. Ensure you prioritise sleep hygiene and create a conducive environment for a good night’s rest. Additionally, take short breaks throughout the day to stretch, move and recharge your body and mind.

Summary

In the hustle and bustle of being an osteopath, finding stillness is the key to achieving inner peace, contentment and success. Ryan Holiday’s book, “Stillness Is The Key,” offers valuable insights and practical strategies for osteopaths to cultivate stillness in the mind, body and spirit.

Remember, the journey to stillness is ongoing, but by incorporating these practices into your life, you can experience a profound shift in your well-being and approach to osteopathy. Embrace the power of stillness and allow it to guide you towards a more fulfilling and balanced professional life.

Written by Alan Zaia M.Ost

Founder & CEO of Osteohustle. You’ll find Alan coaching osteopaths, travelling in a van or writing our weekly newsletter, The Hustle.

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